The settlement of a class action lawsuit against AvMed, a health plan company, stemming from a 2009 data breach, is significant because it awards payments to those who were not victims of identity theft.
The HIPAA Omnibus enforcement date has come and gone. What areas have covered entities overlooked, and what must they address as top priorities? David Finn of Symantec shares insight.
It's time for healthcare organizations to ensure they have done what they already should be doing, says Finn, health information...
The HIPAA Omnibus Rule is creating new risks for venture capitalists and private equity firms that invest in companies that qualify as business associates. How are these investors dealing with the challenge?
An audit protocol from federal regulators is a useful tool for covered entities and business associates that are conducting a risk analysis and beefing up HIPAA compliance efforts, says security expert Bill Miaoulis.
In recent weeks, Google and Amazon have quietly begun offering standardized business associate agreements to healthcare clients using certain cloud services. Security experts say the move is significant.
New social networking technology being piloted at more than two dozen healthcare organizations, including Cedars-Sinai Health System, is designed for secure collaboration among healthcare professionals.
Federal advisers heard concerns from healthcare providers, EHR software vendors and others this week about the cost and impracticality of a proposed requirement to offer patients an access report listing caregivers who had viewed their records.
Despite the government shutdown, Stage 2 of the HITECH Act financial incentive program for the meaningful use of electronic health records kicks off Oct. 1. Learn more about the privacy and security provisions and how to prepare.
It's been four years since federal officials began tracking major healthcare data breaches. What important lessons can be learned from the causes of these breaches as well as HIPAA enforcement actions by federal regulators?
Although enforcement of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule may not begin with a big bang, experts warn that compliance should be a top priority, especially in light of looming audits. Learn why some predict a surge in breach notification.
As federal regulators begin to enforce the HIPAA Omnibus Rule this fall, they will also continue work on other privacy issues, including the long-awaited accounting of disclosures rule. Find out what's on the to-do list.
Federal regulators plan to launch a permanent HIPAA compliance audit program in 2014 that targets a larger number of organizations but covers a narrower scope of issues. Learn the details the nation's top HIPAA enforcer revealed.
Attorney Ellen Giblin describes who should be involved in determining whether a breach should be reported in compliance with the new breach notification requirements of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. She also offers other compliance insights.